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October 11, 2013

Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities

Garden Tower in Toronto, 2013

Tadashi Kawamata – Hokkaido, Japan

Installation

Taking nothing for granted, Tadashi Kawamata engages us in a process that involves close consideration of the kinds of environments we make for ourselves, thereby raising questions of all-too-human need and desire. Kawamata’s gestures and materials, given the contexts within which they occur, are always smartly chosen.

Whether built up into fragile Babylonian constructions, tree huts, roof installations or stretched out to form a serpentine shape, his works offer another point of view – in every sense – over the place in which they are situated.

In its simultaneously unstable, universal and symbolic form, the stacked chairs, benches and garden furniture create an amphitheatre-shaped architecture that is intended to accommodate meetings and discussions. These inanimate objects contain memories, as if each person who sat on these chairs left a piece of himself blended into the worn-out fabric of canes, sometimes over generations, religions, and cultures.

The work evokes the beautiful and utopian aspects of the myth of the Babel Tower: a humanity speaking with one voice and engaged, with solidarity, in the building of a better future.

Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Kawamata lives and works in Tokyo and Paris.

His work has been exhibited all over the world, including the Daegu Art Museum, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the HKW in Berlin, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the MACBA in Barcelona; his work has been featured at numerous biennials, such as Venice 1982, documenta VIII and IX 1987-1992, the Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art 1993, the Münster Skulptur Projekte 1997, and the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial 2012.
Kawamata is represented by kamel mennour, Paris.

Website: www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/2013-event/extension.html

Location: Metropolitan United Church — 56 Queen Street East (At Church Street)

 
Start: October 6, 2013
End: October 14, 2013
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Location: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Plastic Bags, 2001-2011

Pascale Marthine Tayou – Ghent, Belgium

Sculpture

Pascale Marthine Tayou works once again with one of his favorite basic composition elements: the plastic bag. The almost banal simplicity of the bags acts here as a reminder of the numerous ordinary stories of our daily lives. This most common object, which is available to all, has become a symbol of the development of our global economies; a sign of the overpowering consumer societies in which we live. But the plastic bag is also a symbol of travel and migration, of the nomad mobility which is a growing feature of today’s world and a central theme in the artist’s work.

This huge sculpture made of nets and thousands of bags thus becomes a symbol of the human condition: contemporary men are entangled in a system of repetitive actions, in a network of physically and culturally narrow spaces. At the same time, man is always attempting to share, searching for moments of evasion, trying to escape to unknown or unexpected horizons.

Today, finally, plastic bag use is being limited, prevented from further endangering the world’s ecosystem and polluting the environment. What this huge installation suggests is a beautiful, different and politically correct use of plastic bags: to transform them instead into a work of art.

Pascale Marthine Tayou was born in Nkongsamba (Cameroon) in 1966. Starting his career as an artist in the 1990s, he changed his name, taking a double name in the female form: Pascal(e) Marthin(e). Exhibitions in Cameroon were followed by shows in Germany, France and Belgium, where he currently resides.

His work is deliberately mobile. Each work has a feature in common: they dwell upon an individual moving through the world and exploring the issue of the global village.

Website: www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/2013-event/extension.html

Location: Bell Trinity Square — 483 Bay Street (North of Queen Street West)

 
Start: October 6, 2013
End: October 14, 2013
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Location: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Tanks, 2013

Cal Lane – Putnam Valley, New York, USA

Sculpture

Cal Lane’s sculptures juxtapose industrial materials with domestic elements. Their fabrication process involves the labour-intensive hand cutting of lace fabric patterns directly into recycled steel oil tanks and I-beams. Alternately strong and delicate, masculine and feminine, practical and frivolous, the sculptures deliberately confuse notions of function and ornament.

Lace has associations with both hiding and exposing — whether as a covering veil or revealing lingerie. It also has an association with purity when used in religious ceremonies, christenings, weddings and funerals. The dramatic contrast between lace and steel introduces a level of gravity and humour to the work. Like a wrestler in a tutu, the absurdity of these opposing extremes is meant to inspire a gut reaction rather than a rational response.

These contradictions suggest a process of opposition that creates a sense of balance as well as a clash between one’s first impressions of the materials. The physical removal of material to reveal deliberately delicate patterns in the hard surfaces of large oil tanks and I-beams. The result is a desirable opposition, a transformation of recycled relics into heraldic emblems of a lost industrial age.

Born in 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cal Lane was raised in Saanichton, British Columbia. Following her welding certification, she successively completed a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 2001, and a MFA from the State University of New York at Purchase (2005). Since 2001, Lane has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Sydney Biennial, DeCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts and Musea Brugge in Belgium.

Website: www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/2013-event/extension.html

Location: David Pecaut Square — 221 King Street West

 
Start: October 6, 2013
End: October 14, 2013
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Location: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

The Arctic Trilogy, 2010-2011

Janet Biggs – Brooklyn, USA

Video Installation

Janet Biggs’ Arctic Trilogy is comprised of three short videos, each featuring an individual searching for meaning at the end of the earth. Isolated and vulnerable, the characters in Biggs’ videos struggle to define and defend their sense of self in extreme environments.

Fade to White follows a solitary explorer as he paddles his kayak through ink-black waters, gliding past polar bears and under massive glaciers. These images are interspersed with ghostly appearances of performance artist John Kelly dressed in white, singing a Baroque aria. Kelly’s age, androgyny, and mournful voice parallel the vanishing Arctic landscape.

Brightness All Around takes us beneath the earth’s surface where coalminer Linda Norberg, works in freezing temperatures and relentless darkness. Biggs has enlisted performer Bill Coleman, dressed in black leather, to deliver a demonic chant to complement the hostile, industrial sounds of the mining.

In the Cold Edge follows a spelunker as he descends into a glacier’s crevasse and crawls through claustrophobic ice tunnels. We follow his path as he explores the disorienting chambers formed by an ever-moving glacier. The video ends with a momentary eruption of colour and energy as Biggs shoots a flare off into a terrain as bleak and beautiful as the moon.

Janet Biggs is known primarily for her work in video, photography and performance. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has had solo exhibitions/screenings at the Musee d’art contemporain de Montréal; Hirshhorn Museum; Tampa Museum of Art; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Mint Museum of Art among others. Reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America, and many others.

Website: www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/2013-event/extension.html

Location: Scotia Plaza, 15 Adelaide Street West

 
Start: October 6, 2013
End: October 14, 2013
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Location: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

The rose is without why, 2013

Boris Achour – Paris, France

Sculpture

For Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the artist uses a short poem written by Johannes Scheffler, a theologian and German mystic poet of the 17th century better known under the name of Angelus Silesius. The poem, written with standard fluorescent lights spanning more than 300 feet, has an aspect of the spectacular while expressing a poetic and philosophical dimension and reflects upon the nature of the art and the place of the spectator.

Without any hierarchy, mixing assorted elements stemming from highly diverse cultural and formal fields, Achour’s work establishes an open connective system in perpetual evolution based on the affirmation of the shape and the jubilation of the creation. The notions of fragments, unity and therefore relations, imagined on the scale of a single work or on that of the whole work are formally, conceptually and humanely at the heart of his practice.

Boris Achour was born in 1966. He lives in Paris, France. His recent solo shows include Séances, Credac, Ivry/Seine, France (Part of La Triennale 2012), Oh Lumière, Galerie Vallois, Paris and Mehr, Gallery Ruth Leuchter, Dusseldorf, Germany. Recent group shows include Black Moon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Le Flâneur, Musee d’art et d’histoire de Saint-Denis, France, Songe d’une nuit d’été, Château d’Oiron, Toulouse, France Galerie de I’ENSBA, Lyon and Ha Ha Road, Quad, Derby & Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, UK among others.

Website: www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/2013-event/extension.html

Location: Nathan Phillips Square — 100 Queen Street West

 
Start: October 6, 2013
End: October 14, 2013
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Location: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Fresh Wednesdays

Nathan Phillips Square is the site of Fresh Wednesdays from July 10 to August 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors sell fresh Ontario-grown produce, flowers, baked goods and more weekly until October 16 (excluding June 26). Lunch-time concerts by Canadian artists accompany the farmers market on the square from July 10. The performance schedule for Fresh Wednesdays is available at www.toronto.ca/special_events/wednesdays.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square — 100 Queen Street West

 
Start: July 10, 2013
End: October 16, 2013
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EdgeWalk

Season 3 starts April 15, 2013

Toronto’s newest and tallest attraction has adventure lovers taking a walk OUTSIDE – around the circumference of the roof! So, do you dare to test your limits and experience the thrill of a lifetime?

EdgeWalk is CN Tower’s most thrilling attraction in its 35 year history, and the first of its kind in North America. It is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m/1168ft (116 storeys) above the ground. Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Trained EdgeWalk guides will encourage participants to push their personal limits, allowing them to lean back over Toronto with nothing but air and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario beneath them.

Visit the EdgeWalk site for more information and to book your adventure today!

EdgeWalk
Start: April 15, 2013
End: October 26, 2013
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Location: CN Tower

Canada’s Wonderland

It’s really no wonder that Canada’s Wonderland is Canada’s premiere amusement park. It’s where families come to spend quality time with each other and their good friends, g-forces. There’s Leviathan, a new roller coaster in 2012 that boasts speeds of 125 mph with an 80-degree drop as well as such thrilling rides as Vortex, Shockwave, Behemoth and the 301-foot WindSeeker.

And for the kids, there’s Planet Snoopy and the new Dinosaurs Alive! Seven acres of Jurassic fun with over 40 life-sized dinos. And if you like water park thrills, there’s Splash Works, a 20-acre water park featuring The Plunge, Super Soaker, the Lazy River and enough thrill rides to leave you and your family closer and prunier than ever.

Canada’s Wonderland opens on May 5th.
Open daily May 17th – September 2nd.
Weekends from September 7 to October 27th.

Location: Canada’s Wonderland — 9580 Jane Street, Vaughan, Ontario

For more information, please visit the Canada’s Wonderland website.

Leviathan
Start: May 5, 2013
End: October 27, 2013
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Location: Canada’s Wonderland

ROM Walks

One of the greatest ways to explore the city is walking at street level through Toronto’s neighbourhoods. Guided walking tours are offered for free by ROMwalks every Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon from May through October. Tour leaders from the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Department of Museum Volunteers present thoroughly researched guided tours through some of the city’s most distinctive neighbourhoods, visit historic landmarks and illuminate the architectural and historical significance of Toronto’s building.

All ROMwalks are free and no reservations are needed, with the exception for ROMwalk Plus walks.
See www.rom.on.ca/en/activities-programs/bus-walks-travel for more details.

 
Start: May 1, 2013
End: October 27, 2013
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Location: Royal Ontario Museum

Forever Bicycles, 2013

Ai Weiwei – Beijing, China

Installation

World-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will exhibit a new edition of his Forever Bicycles sculpture in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. 3,144 interconnected bicycles will form a three-dimensional structure creating an incredible visual effect.

Yong Jiu, literally translated as “forever”, is the foremost bicycle brand in China; Ai re-interprets such everyday found objects in an abstract and symbolic way.

The sheer quantity of bikes and the diverse perceptions of viewing points create a colossal labyrinth-like, visually moving space, which represents the changing social environment in China and around the globe.

Film Screening: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
City Hall Council Chambers: 7pm /9pm /11pm /1am /3am /5am
The inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.

Widely considered to be one of the most significant cultural figures of his generation, Ai Weiwei successfully assumes multiple roles, including conceptual artist, architect, curator, designer, film-maker, musician and activist. Using traditional and innovative methods of production, he links the past with the present while exploring the geopolitical, economic and cultural realities affecting the world with humor and compassion. His most recent work appeared in the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.

Website: www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/2013-event/extension.html

Location: Nathan Phillips Square — 100 Queen Street West (At Bay Street)

 
Start: October 6, 2013
End: October 27, 2013
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Location: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche